Van Rijn

Van Rijn Amsterdam Pieter Blaeu a young publisher meets the aged destitute painter Rembrandt van Rijn and is powerfully drawn into his orbit Together with a poet named Clara he begins a pursuit of th

  • Title: Van Rijn
  • Author: Sarah Emily Miano
  • ISBN: 9780330411813
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amsterdam, 1667 Pieter Blaeu, a young publisher, meets the aged, destitute painter Rembrandt van Rijn, and is powerfully drawn into his orbit Together with a poet named Clara he begins a pursuit of the elusive man s confidence, in a quest that is at once a love affair and a layered, luminous portrait of a most mysterious artist and his world Here are the sights, smells,Amsterdam, 1667 Pieter Blaeu, a young publisher, meets the aged, destitute painter Rembrandt van Rijn, and is powerfully drawn into his orbit Together with a poet named Clara he begins a pursuit of the elusive man s confidence, in a quest that is at once a love affair and a layered, luminous portrait of a most mysterious artist and his world Here are the sights, smells, sounds and colours of the Dutch golden age alchemised into fictional gold The marriage of art, history and fiction has rarely been so alive A cause for celebration The Times It is no mean feat for a young writer to pitch herself against the great master and attempt to achieve in prose the explorations of identity that Rembrandt achieved in paint Van Rijn returns us to the paintings with a renewed sense of wonder TLS An enticing journey into the past, well observed and researched, and providing a tour of the alternative artistic life of the seventeenth century Sunday Times

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    1. Sarah Emily Miano must be obsessed with scrapbooks. Like her first novel, Encyclopaedia Of Snow, Miano uses the notion of fragments - to better effect - in her second novel, "Van Rijn". A young publisher meets the ageing Rembrandt Van Rijn, and attempts to penetrate his inner circle. The novel wanders between timeframes, gradually uncovering the inner workings of our middle-class narrator, the varied people of his milieu, and, ultimately, the enigmatic artist himself. Parts of the novel are in r [...]

    2. Maybe I had too high expectations of this taking me into the streets and daily life of Rembrandt. The Times note on the cover says, 'Here are the sights, smells, sounds and colours of the Dutch golden age alchemist into fictional gold.' Uh--not really. More character studies, descriptions of people, than the life.The perspective is an older teen who hardly interacts with the artist at all till 1/3 or the way in when he happens upon Rembrandt's diary. The diary is made up, of course, and then I t [...]

    3. Have you ever picked a book that speaks to you even when you are not listening?Try reading Sarah's "Van Rijn" and here's why I think you should:1. The story focuses on a reknowned painter's life- and his name is Remembrandt.2. It is a story of friendship- that takes you in the painter's life, his choices, mistakes and faults-and all through a young boy, who comes across him once having been on an escort team with a Prince- and he immediately knows he would write about this man, and does everythi [...]

    4. I've never read a book so beautifully written. This is a special book, if you ever had the chance to see a real Rembrandt's painting. Miano writes in such a way you get convinced those were exactly the words that passed through the great artist's mind. The narrative has an interesting structure, mixing regular narratives with dialogues, letters, journals, poems, etc varying the characters' perspectives. The result of this is a piece of art itself. I'd say it's a fiction that brings again to life [...]

    5. Very good novel about the life of Rembrandt told in a variety of formatsraightforward narrative, journal entries and conversations between Rembrandt and others. Reading so many details about his painting methods and how he actually made his paints gets a bit tedious at times, but overall very enjoyable and well written. Quite an eyeopener about the way Rembrandt's life ended as well.

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